Board of Pharmacy Specialties Receives Petition to Recognize Compounded Sterile Preparations as a Pharmacy Specialty
Public Comment Period Closes December 13, 2017


Washington, D.C.—The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has received a petition to recognize Compounded Sterile Preparations as a pharmacy specialty and has opened the public comment period.

The petition to recognize Compounded Sterile Preparations as a pharmacy specialty was submitted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association. Contributors to the petition on behalf of those organizations were:
Joseph Cabaleiro, RPh
Anna Legreid Dopp. PharmD
William A. Mixon, RPh, MS
Anna Nowobilski-Vasilios, PharmD, MBA, BCNSP, FASHP
James A. Owen, PharmD, BCPS
Mitchel C. Rothholz, RPh, MBA
Jann B. Skelton, RPh, MBA
Angela Yaniv, PharmD

As part of this deliberation, the BPS Board of Directors reviewed the role delineation studies conducted in this pharmacy practice area and found the results supportive of further consideration of Compounded Sterile Preparations as a pharmacy specialty.

The petition will need to address, in detail, each of the criteria deemed necessary for new specialty to be recognized by BPS.

Those criteria include:

  • Need
  • Demand
  • Number/Time
  • Specialized Knowledge
  • Specialized Functions
  • Education and Training
  • Transmission of Knowledge

A public comment period is now open for the interested parties to review and comment on the petition. The public comment period closes on December 13, 2017.

The links to the petition and comment survey to recognize Compounded Sterile Preparations as pharmacy specialty can be accessed below:


Comment Survey:



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